Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Spinning Wheel Spin

Finished this lovely Spinning Wheel Glass Mat with thread that Bonnie sent me.  I love the pinks - this was fun to tat.  It has already been sent off to someone as a gift.  I'm a bit worried that they didn't get it though.  Now back to my regularly scheduled knitting.


Saturday, May 26, 2012

Happy Birthday!

Hope it is all you want it to be!

Friday, May 25, 2012

Travel Knitting

on the way to the beach . . . but staying busy . . .

Monday, May 21, 2012

What's going on?

First, I have my tatting.  I have actually finished this Spinning Wheel Glass Mat and it's ready to be sent out as a gift.  I'm immediately going to start on another because I love these and all the ones I've made have been given away.

This is the Blue Heron Metallic that Mom bought me when she was here.  I knit it into a shawlette but I didn't like it so I ripped it out and I'm going to reknit it into Summer Flies

 This is some Miss Babs Yet lace weight.  I'm knitting a Merike Saarniit Estonian Style Lace scarf from a Stitches South class.  

This is the yarn from The Unique Sheep.  It was meant to become the Tea Rose Shawlette but there are serious problems with that pattern's design and I prefer to make something prettier. I plan to knit the Pine and Ivy shawl with this yarn because it's lovely yarn and deserves to be a lovely finished object.

This is some yarn with silver that Mom sent to Girl Far From Home a while ago.  I'm planning to start knitting Bigger on the Inside with it.  I hope Girl will like it.

This is the beginning of a strip knit project.  I am using several twisted traveling stitches and the techniques I learned from Anna Zilboorg at Stitches South.  The idea is to embroider the knitting after I finish knitting it.  Then I want to make a sweater like this (but not with this yarn, it's too splitty).

This is my Shaun the Sheep kit that I bought a while ago.  I am hoping to make two sheep out of the one kit (most of the folks on Ravelry got at least two).  I promised these to Girl Far From Home and her roommate last fall.  Her roommate is in for a rather nasty surprise and I am hoping this will soften the blow.

All those projects live in my big Thneed knitting bag.  It is going to the beach with me for a long weekend and then another whole week with two weekends.  I should be able to get a lot done.

This is my Jacqui vest.  I actually started this in March and yes, I have been working on it but keep putting it down to knit other things.  The back is complete and all it needs are the fronts so it shouldn't take long now . . . 

And this is my Tina's Sweater - it's been on the needles since last August.  It's another project that keeps getting set aside for others.  The body is completely done and the sleeves are started.  There isn't much to do - lengthen the sleeves, add a collar (very small) and button bands.  I should just finish it.
I won't need it for a few months . . .


Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Gettin' Ready to Travel

The No Home Gnomes on their way out of their most recent accommodations  . . .

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Happy Mother's Day!!!!

Happy Mother's Day to all moms, but especially to my Mom. 
Thanks for all you have done and continue to do for me,
my kids,
and all the rest of your family.
I love you very much.


Several people have asked - this is the Olivia Shawl  by Connie Chang Chinchio from the book Textured Stitches:  Knitted Sweaters & Accessories with Smart Details.  Mom gave me the book as a present.  It has some lovely sweaters that I plan to knit in it as well.  This particular shawl was knit using Cascade Venezia Worsted which is a silk/wool blend and the darker yarn is Fiesta Insignia La Boheme - a two strand mohair/rayon yarn.  Mom picked the yarns so I can't take credit for how pretty they are either.

Sunday, May 6, 2012

Mother's Garden

Mom's garden is putting out blooms.
She has both white and red bleeding hearts a blooming.
She has lilacs in white and light purple and a dark purple with white edges.
Her irises are getting ready to bloom.
The two cherokee roses still don't have any buds - it has been years since they were planted.  The Joseph's coat has little buds and the other rose has a single open rose and thousands of buds.

Saturday, May 5, 2012

Teresa - We Have BABIES

Of course I would have called you if they were alpaca babies.  But aren't you excited that Henrietta and Quackers have ten little ducklings (4 eggs didn't hatch).  Henrietta kept herself between the camera and the ducklings but Fred and I managed these shots.

Friday, May 4, 2012

My New Pretty

Isn't it pretty?  Now to add some HDT and tat something!


Thursday, May 3, 2012

How to lose half your body size in one day . . .

 Don't hate me because I'm Beautiful!

 This is what she looked like this morning . . . 




And this is what she looks like now - several dress sizes smaller.  Yes, she also has a drippy beard.  I didn't specifically tell her not to have a drink of water before the photo shoot!


Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Strange. But Cool.

This is a vest that I saw a lady wearing at Stitches South.  It's made entirely of a gold metallic thread and pop tabs off soda/beer cans.  It was kind of pretty and very interesting but I wouldn't actually wear it myself.  That poor lady was being bombarded by people saying how unusual/cool/stupid/etc her vest was and asking a million questions about who made it, how they made it, why they made it, etc.

Although, I think if I made one, That Other Girl would really like it.  Too bad I don't crochet except under duress.